One of the joys of my work is seeing how my designs evolve as I make them over and over. I like this soldered and polished version of the phoenix even better than my earlier riveted and textured ones.
I like big. I like plenty of “canvas,” so to speak, to create my designs. Rings are small. So it’s been a challenge to come up with interesting ring styles that give me a sense of freedom to play as I’m making them. But eventually I created some swirly rings that are fun to craft because they’re designed as I go. I start with a stone or two, and a piece of wire, and I just start bending it until it comes together visually for me.
One night, I woke up with the complete design for the pendant on the left in my mind. It was so clear that I got up, sketched it in about 10 minutes, then went back to bed. Later, I made several modified versions as custom orders. The blue stones are blue topaz, and the white are rainbow moonstone, and the final photo has diamond, tanzanite and pink tourmaline.
Here I am, the mad scientist, trying to figure out the best way to etch sterling silver, copper, and brass. Eventually, after using some hazardous chemicals, I settled on a method that involves running electricity through a chemical bath while the piece is suspended in it. At first I used an old car battery charger, but eventually I purchased a gizmo designed to control the charge.
Adjustable rings, earrings, pendants, cuffs — it’s so much fun to draw my beloved henna designs and transfer them onto metal! Silver, copper and brass — hurray!